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Hello / Hello / Private Thomas Curran
« Last post by Elton on February 09, 2024, 10:50:08 AM »
Thank you for allowing me to join the group  -

As regards my connection to the Manchester Regiment  /  Gallipoli
I have established that my grandfather Private Thomas Curran 1737, served with the 1/8th Manchester Regiment in Egypt and Gallipoli.  He was a pre-war territorial soldier, and would have been among the first territorials to leave England at the beginning of the war, sailing in September 1914.
The 1/8th landed on the peninsula in early May and took part in some of the heaviest fighting at Helles before being evacuated at the beginning of 1916.
Apparently he was discharged in September 1916.
I have established that my grandfather Thomas Curran was born in 1895 and lived at 15 Appleby Street Harpurhey and married my grandmother Ethel Townley who lived at 34 Newton Street Gorton on 27 August 1918
He had three children one of whom was my father who was born in 1920
As far as I can establish my grandfather passed away in Elton which is a village near Bakewell Derbyshire in 1929

Any further information or tips as to where I can find anymore information on my grandfather or the Curran / Townley families will be much appreciated
Commemotation has been rejected
Hello / Re: Hello and here's a photo
« Last post by BMHill on January 23, 2024, 10:53:51 AM »
Thanks, yes I think that probably is him, although he did have a middle name which isn't referred to. I hadn't particularly spotted the change of regiment. The photo is clearly labelled as 2nd Batallion, although I see I've cut that off the photo! Thanks for the book recommendation, I'll check it out.
Hello / Re: Hello and a new Question Re: 20th Manchester
« Last post by JaneSteciuk on January 22, 2024, 09:46:40 PM »
Thank you so much, would be greatly appreciated.
Regards, Jane
Hello / Re: Hello and a new Question Re: 20th Manchester
« Last post by Timberman on January 22, 2024, 09:27:22 PM »
 Hello Jane
 Sorry for the delay in answering your question, I'll have look and see
 if I can help
 Welcome to the forum.
Hello / Re: Hello and here's a photo
« Last post by Timberman on January 22, 2024, 09:23:41 PM »

 Hello BMHill
 Welcome to the forum. Thanks for posting the photo.
 I found a Norman Stansfield MIC for WW1, served in the 1/7th Manchester's
 No 276227 and later 88939.
 At some stage he must of transferred into the 2nd Bn after the war if this is him.

 There is a very good book called Regiment Life in the British Army in India 1921-1922.
 It give you an insight to what your grandfather would of experienced.

Hello / Hello and here's a photo
« Last post by BMHill on January 22, 2024, 08:12:10 PM »
Thanks for letting me join.

My grandfather was in the 2nd batallion of the Manchester Regiment. He signed up for WW1 (lied about his age to get in) but remained in the army for some time.

Thought you might be interested to see this photo of them in India, I think 1923-25. My grandfather, Norman Wolstenholme Stansfield, is the third from left on the front row as you look at the photo.
Non Commissioned Graves / John Charles Christian 30727 (27122 Northumberland Fusiliers)
« Last post by PaulC on January 20, 2024, 04:36:46 PM »
Pte John Charles Christian, 30727 Manchester Regiment & 27122 Northumberland Fusiliers. Victory and British medals awarded, discharged on 27/05/1919 (Class Z). Died on 09/02/1920 from unknown causes. No address or NOK on pension cards, but apparently buried at Toxteth Park Cemetery, plot NC.3.25, on 13/02/1920. Burial register states that he was age 30, of 24 Blythswood Street, Aigburth. The grave has a headstone but John is not named, the following inscription is recorded:

In loving memory of / Katie, / the beloved wife of Henry CHRISTIAN / who fell asleep April 20th 1906, / aged 49 years. / "I heard thy welcome voice, / that called me Lord to thee." / "For ever with the Lord." / Also their daughter / Leah May CHRISTIAN, / died 10th June 1928, aged 33 years. / Mother of Cecilia May CHRISTIAN.

Applications for Commemoration / Re: Pte 1759 Samuel Halkyard - 1/9th Bn
« Last post by Tim Bell on January 16, 2024, 03:53:08 PM »
Burial now confirmed as plot A2.983 and Dukinfield Cemetery.
Credit Hazlett at IFCP
Non Commissioned Graves / William Ralphson 3361, 43886
« Last post by PaulC on January 14, 2024, 04:44:01 PM »
Pte William Ralphson 3361, 43886 Manchester Regt. Enlisted 26/01/1915, served in France from 26/07/1916 to 06/11/1916, and from 25/07/1917 to 08/04/1918. Transferred to 368144 Labour Corps. Discharged 27/09/1918 to Class P(T) Army Reserve. Debility attributed to service, France 1916, note in medical reports says man "states shell shock [but] no presents signs or symptoms". Died on 02/02/1919 from influenza and buried at Wigan Cemetery, plot CE.M.31, an unmarked public grave. Widow was Margaret Ralphson, of 7 Sayers Yard, Scholes, Wigan.
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